05/30/2014 - National Endowment for Financial Education

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The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is the leading private nonprofit 501(c)(3) national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. With more than a quarter century of dedication to the public good, NEFE continues its legacy of service with commitment to providing financial education and practical information to people at all financial levels, including:

  • Youth and adult financial education resources
  • Training tools from the classroom to the workplace
  • Research and consumer surveys


    • NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP)

The NEFE High School Financial Planning Program is a turnkey financial education program specifically focused on basic personal finance skills relevant to the lives of preteens, teens, and young adults.

Organized in six module topics, the program includes six topical Student Guides, numerous 45-minute teacher lesson plans, and a growing collection of online resources and learning activities. The six program module topics are: Money Management: Control Your Cash Flow; Borrowing: Use – Don’t Abuse; Earning Power: More Than a Paycheck; Investing: Money Working for You; Financial Services: Care for Your Cash and; Insurance: Protect What You Have.

    • CashCourse®

CashCourse is a free, online resource that teaches college and university students money management skills for surviving in a tough economy and helps them prepare for post graduation financial success. Two- and four-year higher education administrators alike can customize an experience for their student users, track student usage of the site, and access analytical insights into what topics are most important to their student body.

The My CashCourse Planner feature allows students to save articles and other resources within the site to their profile and complete school assignments. Additional features include the Financial Experts Wall, a Q&A forum with financial industry experts, the customizable Budget Wizard tool, financial calculators, worksheets, instructional videos, and quizzes.

Topics addressed in CashCourse include: Money 101; Paying for education; Making purchases; Working and earning; Money and relationships and; Solving problems.

NEFE is committed to making our free financial resources available to those seeking financial capability tools and information as they build money management skills and navigate life’s challenges. Our primary goals are to expand the use of our offerings to create the widest reach possible and encourage a culture of evaluation to build on and share what works. The NEFE Financial Education Evaluation Toolkit® enables instructors to build customized assessments to test their students’ knowledge of financial capability concepts discussed in classroom and workshop settings.


    • HSFPP 30th Anniversary
    • The High School Financial Planning Program proudly celebrates its 30th year of providing financial education resources to teachers and students. Beginning in the fall, we will look back on the changing face of financial literacy education since


      1984 inception. We will share stories of how the program’s curriculum has positively impacted the lives of alumni and how concepts learned have carried forward into adulthood. As we move forward, HSFPP will offer increased opportunities for teacher training aimed at empowering instructors with the skills and confidence they need to teach important financial capability concepts to learners. Access to HSFPP’s learning modules always has been and will continue to be offered at no charge to both educators and students alike.

    • Stay Connected with the High School Financial Planning Program
    • HSFPP users are speaking and we are listening: we now offer a monthly newsletter that features program and materials information, news on upcoming training and events, and tools and research relevant to the goals of our educators. Registration with HSFPP is not required to join our newsletter community.

Sign up here.

      HSFPP also provides interesting, educational, fun, and relevant information and a forum for discussing and sharing with our community via

our Facebook page.

    • On Your Own
    • Launched in 2013,

On Your Own

      presents stories, interviews, and articles for young adults who are making their own decisions about their personal, financial, and professional lives. The traditional path through higher education isn’t the right fit for everyone, but building financial capability is. Both experts and everyday individuals share their insights and experiences on a variety of topics ranging from selecting health insurance to navigating credit mishaps, and from making the decision about whether and when to attend college to signing contracts and making choices about housing.

NEFE’s High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP)
CashCourse (aka Cash Course)
Your Spending, Your Savings, Your Future

Susan Sharkey
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